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Field of Study

International Relations

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Understand how current events shape the world in analytical, historical and global contexts by completing intensive research in political science.

This major includes two year-long compulsory courses, one of which is presented as a master class by leading researchers in the school and visiting scholars. Each focuses on building your skills in understanding and researching political science subjects.

Put your knowledge to use in completing an honours research thesis. Under the guidance of a supervisor, you'll develop a relevant research question, create a statement of intent, apply appropriate methodologies and present your conclusions.


1 in Queensland for politics

QS World University Rankings 2022

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Diplomat
  • Diplomatic officer
  • Government relations manager
  • Political adviser
  • Political analyst 
  • Public policy researcher
  • Asia-Pacific international relations adviser

How you'll learn

In 2023, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options (for most programs and plans) for students who can't attend in person. See the list of programs and plans you can't commence online.

Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Research experience
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Creativity and Design in Political Research
  • Frontiers of Research
  • Honours Research Thesis Part B

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